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  1. The headstocks are definitely Tenmille comparing them to the Tenmille kits used in the series. Everything else doesn't quite seem to match up.
  2. A wagon used in the first series of Thomas the Tank Engine has recently come into the hands of an American collector, who is interested in knowing its provenance. They believe it to be a Milbro wagon with Tenmille parts, purchased as part of a job lot of second-hand Gauge 1 items before filming started. Pictures below: Can anyone shed any light on the meaning of the markings on the bottom, or whether or not it is a Milbro product?
  3. Two odd ducks from the preowned section of Hattons: This was vaguely described as a "GCR/LNWR 4-6-0". Its heritage as a Hornby B12 is rather obvious. This is still available, and inexplicably costs £70, the highest of any of the Dapol terriers available pre-owned.
  4. What's the distinction? Is it merely collecting based on age rather than company?
  5. Yes, if I'm reading your question right. Here's a picture of the centre body on its own. 10277 Crocodile Locomotive by Brickset, on Flickr
  6. The plaque it comes with explicitly refers to it as a Ce 6/8 II, which should clear up any doubt. The lack of connecting rods to the innermost wheels is presumably a concession to the tight curves of lego track. 10277 Crocodile Locomotive by Brickset, on Flickr
  7. The Emerald Night and its compatriots the Maersk Train (modern American diesel) and the Horizon Express (TGV) are perhaps best understood as a half-step between Lego's traditional toy trains and the adult-aimed models of which the Crocodile is the first. Apparently they did not do especially well, and Lego hopes to aim this new line more directly towards adults, whereas previous efforts straddled the line uncomfortably.
  8. Lego have gotten somewhat close to train models in the past, but have never produced one explicitly built to be an accurate model of a real prototype until now. Thought it might be of interest. https://brickset.com/article/51888/the-next-train-is-due-soon
  9. eldomtom2

    EBay madness

    And it doesn't have paperwork and has a repro box.
  10. Only after the pre-heaters were sealed off I believe, as this left them with smaller boilers than the standard 9Fs.
  11. Wikipedia says that the four 0-4-2s withdrawn in 1948 were indeed the A12s.
  12. Useful information, though unfortunately they seem to be dealing with different subsets of the workforce to each other.
  13. Further digging has uncovered a 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica article giving detailed accident figures for 1908.
  14. That is a rather "perfect is the enemy of good" argument to me. Of course a totally accurate and detailed survey is impossible - too much data was lost or never recorded to make one without making assumptions somewhere. But examining it on the broadest level possible by comparing yearly fatality rates does not seem especially hard or completely unable to produce useful data - which does not seem to be something that Mike Esbester is interested; his focus seems mainly to examine safety literature through the lens of Foucauldian views on power dynamics.
  15. Not from a statistical viewpoint though. It is seemingly not interested in an analysis of how safety changed over time, despite definitely having access to the records that would provide the necessary information. It is unfortunately useless from this specific viewpoint; at the moment its searchable databases are most useful for family historians.
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